TUNISIA: The Bey's Last Day?

By virtue of a series of revolutions and counterrevolutions within the 17th century Ottoman Empire, the descendants of bush-bearded Hussein ben AH, the son of a Greek renegade, claim by birth and title to be the "Possessors of the Kingdom of Tunis." In actual fact, since the French took over their kingdom in 1881. the Husseinite Beys of Tunisia have been possessors of little more than a fancy title and the perquisites that go with it—though the perks can be quite handsome. In 1943-when Mohammed al-Moncef showed troublesome signs of getting out...

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